With winter fast approaching, most of us will be reaching for the winter woollies to help protect from the plummeting temperatures and strong winds, but what about our homes and offices? Is your property prepared for winter? more
There is little doubt that employment law can be a tricky area for employers to navigate. With cases and legislation altering the law on an ongoing basis it can be a down-right scary experience for those employers trying to stay on the right side of the law and avoid their own employment tribunal horror story. more
We’re celebrating Halloween this year by telling tales of scary Employment Tribunal cases of grave consequence for employers and the mayhem and madness of nightmare employees that would strike fear in even the most seasoned HR professional. more
Losing holidays because of extended sick leave may be a bitter pill for some workers, but there has recently been a spoonful of sugar from the courts. more
So – you’ve got a good business which is expanding well and you are thinking of expansion through franchising rather than wholly owned units? Great! I think that is a great idea and am a big fan of the franchising route, but (and I know I would say this anyway) it isn’t quite that simple. more
Writing a dismissal letter is seldom a pleasure (although, on occasion, it can be a joy), especially when you consider who else might read it and what it might be used for. Best case scenario, it is relied upon by the employee when appealing the decision to dismiss. more
All too often completing paperwork is perceived as a chore and can feature low down on a list of priorities in favour of more glamorous tasks. Neglect it at your peril though, as Glencoe Developments Limited recently discovered. more
Very quietly and without much fuss, a new piece of legislation received Royal Assent on 1st May. The Scotland Act 2012 gives revised tax powers to the Scottish Parliament.
Since 1 October 2011 the default retirement age (DRA) has been abolished in the UK. Previously, employers could rely on the DRA to compulsorily retire workers once they reached the age of 65, which many argued was a form of discrimination. more
Thank you to all those who attended the Your Employment Forum last week. An egg-cellent time was had by all (only those who attended will know what that means)! more
Many of us travel to and from work on autopilot and often have no memory of the trip upon arrival. So you might be forgiven for not having noticed the major traffic works on the M90 in the last few months. However, what won’t have escaped your attention, I’m sure, is the contra flow scheme to be implemented on the M90 between Halbeath and Admiralty from 9th April.
First, the (potentially) good news: if you have pension scheme in place for your employees, then the changes introduced by The Pensions Act 2008 (coming into force from this year) may mean that your current arrangements won’t need to be changed. However, many businesses will need to take action to comply. more